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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Book Opening, Date Changes AGAIN

Ok so I have been naively ambitious about the discussion of War and Peace. I have been reading it daily and I'm still only on page 168. Out of 1200 pages, that ain't much. How about you guys? Is anyone reading it with me? Are you still trying to get the book in your grubby, but lovely hands?

I changed the discussion date to the 25th. That might be too close to the holiday though. Let me know what you think. We could push the date even futher, say after the holiday around the first of December? Let me know. Even if you don't have the book yet, or especially if you don't have the book yet - you need the time to read the big sucker.


I have had camera difficulties in the past couple of days and was not able to record the opening of book seven. I am in high hopes that today I will have those issues worked out and get the opening up by tomorrow. That way you can start getting the next book lined up which will facilitate a more widely read book I hope! It is also going to be considerable shorter than the current one (what wouldn't be?) and that will make for faster reading.


I may complain about the length of War and Peace but I can confirm that in just 168 pages, I'm enjoying it. The first attempt I made at reading this book I was in my early twenties and my mind was more pleasantly occupied with partying and boys. I therefore found it difficult to keep track of the characters and gave up. This time around, I'm having no difficulty with the complexities and am finding it fun to read. How about you guys? Did you read this before? What were your original impressions? Are they any different now?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Books on the Nightstand offering Book Gifting Suggestions

So just like Sew Mama Sew (as mentioned at Mind Moss) has a handmade for the holidays November, Books on the Nightstand, one of my favorite book review blogs and podcast, has decided to offer up book gifting ideas starting November 16 for twelve days. Get it? Twelve days of Christmas? Heh. Anyways, I thought this was a fabulous idea to share. If you would like some great suggestions for books to give to the people you love, head on over and check out their suggestions. Like they quote one person (I've paraphrased here), 'a person never mentions the toy, electronics etc that changed their life, but they will tell you about the one book that changed their life'. What better gift? And bonus, books are affordable gifts!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Neil Gaiman: upcoming non-fiction

Neil Gaiman to release three non-fiction books - for all you Neil Gaiman fans, it was announced that he will be writing his first non-fiction works since his companion to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Look for the first book titled Monkey and Me: China and the Journey to the West by fall of 2009. The only information given about the other two books are that they will cover subjects Neil has written about on his blog.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Upcoming Book Release

Promised Land by Jay Parini - a book to come out on the 11th of this month. It chronicles 13 books that the author believes were critical in shaping the America we know. The thirteen books he presents are:

  • Of Plymouth Plantation

  • The Federalist Papers

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark

  • Walden

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • The Souls of Black Folk

  • The Promised Land

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People

  • The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care

  • On the Road

  • The Feminine Mystique

"Promised Land offers a reading of the American psyche, allowing us to reflect on what our past means for who we are now. It is a rich and immensely readable work of cultural history that will appeal to all book lovers and students of the American character alike." - Amazon Product Description

For anyone interested in the history, folklore and emerging mythology of the U.S., this book sounds like a great gift.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dear American Airlines Discussion

Dear American Airlines by Jonathon Miles turns out not to be one of my favorites so far. I perhaps built my anticipation for this book too high. Though the plot and concept I understood correctly, the tone I hadn't counted on. It wasn't until the very last chapter, even the last two pages that I found this character redeemable and engaging. This made it highly difficult to get through the book to that point. I did persevere, but found the experience unenlightening and laborious. The anger and vehemence that set the tone was difficult to stand for so long. Albeit the language was wry, intelligent and captivating, that was hardly enough to hold up the novel for its entirety. I won't say that I wholly didn't enjoy this book. I found it an easy page turner and I did love the constant literary allusions, the translation excerpts, and the ironic tone that came through. And honestly who of us doesn't harbor some level of contempt for the airlines and all they put us through in the last eight years? Still, I guess I was hoping for more.

What were your impressions?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Century of Vanity Fair - Book espousing a century of Vanity Fair portraits. Great photographers, iconic faces. Beautiful. And sometimes, when things seem bleak, we need a little beauty, however frivolous, to brighten our future.

Covers - here's a site I got lost in for quite a time, just having fun perusing. They review book jackets - not the book content, just the jacket and how it translates to marketable. I like the angle. Check it out, beware, you might get a little lost too.

Don't forget, discussion of Dear American Airlines to be posted here later in the day. Don't worry if you're not finished. Finish it as you can and join in when you do. The more thoughts and comments the better! Check back.

What Show?

Me: Man I've been remiss lately. Poor little book blog.

Voice in my head: yeah but you've had a lot of things going on.

Me: Sure, sick kids, Halloween, starting Christmas sewing. But still.

Voice in my head: never give in to guilt.

Me: right, well then, let's get this show going!

Voice in my head: What show?


OK guys, I'm going to try to reinfuse some life into this here place. Let's start with things coming up.

We've opened book six, which as you know, is a doozy. So we should try to wrap up Dear AA by the end of the week and get ourselves rolling on War and Peace. I will start the AA discussion tomorrow. Calendar will be updated to reflect our newfound determination to get in gear.

Since War and Peace is a biggie, I won't hold off opening the next book, but won't schedule to start reading it till much later - say two weeks? That will give you lots and lots of time to get hold of book seven whatever it is.


And now, a question. What is your dirty little secret stash? What kind of book do you read for pure pleasure that you might not admit to the average person you meet.

For me, I have this thing for cheap mystery books. When I'm in a reading slump, I grab one of those and let myself race through one. It gets momentum rolling again. Tell me yours.